I wanted to take a moment to bring everyone up to date on the proposed regulation change that has been discussed recently. Phillip Price (BOC handle PRICE) put together a proposal that was sent to Robert Curry, Chief of the Division of Inland Fisheries for the NCWRC. The proposal was put together following a meeting earlier this month with several biologists from the NCWRC. The proposal reads as follows: To: Mr. Bob Curry, Chief of Inland Fisheries (NCWRC) From: Carolinas Catfish Club Re: Potential Blue Catfish Regulations Date: 5/11/2007 The Carolinas Catfish Club would like to submit a proposal for consideration. The club held meetings as part of a deliberative process to determine what regulations would be most supported by its members. These potential regulations are also supported by the Brotherhood of Catfisherman. The BOC was represented by several members at our club meeting on May 9th, 2007, and many other BOC members sent email correspondence. Additionally, the club held a meeting with a group of NCWRC biologist (5/9/07), led by Lawrence Dorsey, to discuss current data, research, and future projects in regards to catfish management. The Carolinas Catfish Club would like to propose the following: (1) Only one Blue Catfish over 32 inches may be harvested per day. No harvest limit on Blue Catfish less than 32 inches. (2) This regulation would apply to all individuals that possess either a recreational or commercial fishing license or both. (3) This regulation would apply to Lake Norman and Lake Badin only. Mac Byrum (BOC handle LakeNormanBlues) suggested a limited regulation that would only cover certain lakes as a starting point. We decided that the best chance for some type of regulation change would be on lakes where some type of research is set to take place. The NCWRC is implementing programs to study catfish on Lake Norman and also on Badin Lake. Furthermore, the last two state record Arkansas blue catfish records have come from the these resevoirs. Hopefully, as more research takes place these regulations can be implemented on other bodies of water in the state. The good news is that the proposal has been accepted for review during this cycle! :big_smile: What this means is that it will be discussed among biologists to determine the effectiveness of the new regulation. If it is determined that it has merit it will be out for review in NCWRC public hearings around the state in January of 2008. At that point, if public response is favorable, the regulation could be put into effect in the 2008-2009 regulations. If it makes it to public hearing level we will be calling on the residents of NC and membes of the BOC who support the change to come out to the public hearings that are in your area. This is the first step in changing things in NC, and a good showing of support from the public will insure that it takes effect in 2008 and it will show the NCWRC that there is a public concern for catfish management in NC. Please feel free to chime in with any questions!!